US Highway 50/Empire Ranch Road Interchange Project
The Empire Ranch Road interchange is a future freeway interchange that will be located on US Highway 50 on the Sacramento County / El Dorado County line, between the existing East Bidwell Street interchange in Folsom and Latrobe Road interchange in El Dorado Hills.
The interchange will include a 4- or 6-lane overpass, full ramp connections to westbound and eastbound Highway 50, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and traffic signal controls. The project will connect with the existing Empire Ranch Road/Iron Point Road intersection to the north, and the future extension of Empire Ranch Road to the south.
The project was initially studied in 2006, but was postponed for various reasons. In July 2017, the City of Folsom re-initiated the project approval and environmental documentation (PA&ED) phase of the project, which is a required step before completing the design and initiating construction. The existing environmental impact report, originally completed in 2008, will need to be revised to meet current environmental standards and updated traffic conditions. The design will also be refined to account for the adopted transportation system in the Folsom Ranch project, south of Highway 50.
Once the updated PA&ED documents are approved by Caltrans, the City intends to complete final design by 2019/20, and hopefully initiate construction by 2023. Funding for the project is a combination of developer impact fees, local sales tax, and gas tax. Additional funding may be needed, possibly through State and/or Federal grant programs.
Current Project Documents:
Request for Proposals for PA&ED Services, July 2017